London's worst buildings
What's the worst bit of architecture London? Vote here to have your say
What’s the biggest eyesore in London? What’s our most depressing monument to overblown architectural egoism? You don’t have to be Prince Charles to have strong opinions about our capital’s concrete carbuncles and decrepit car parks, especially if you have to pass it every day on your way to work. To dampen the lofty spirits coinciding with the launch of London’s latest all-seeing tower, The Shard, we’ve compiled 20 of the biggest drawing board gaffs and town planning missteps this city has ever seen.
Surprisingly, many of the most reviled buildings also turn up on our best-of list too, so please take a minute to vote for your favourite as well. If we’ve missed something truly horrible, please tell us in the comments below.
You know you want to – go on, consign something to virtual demolition!
The old Wembley, with its apologetic Twin Towers, was more seaside attraction than world-class stadium, but at least it had character and soul. The latest incarnation, finished in 2007 by Foster and Partners, features few redeeming features and an inane arch as its signature, which alone was responsible for some of the worst delays to an already protracted completion. In the end it was almost five years late and cost nearly £800 million – and even then they couldn’t get the actual pitch right.